Adwoa Aboah says the loneliness associated with sobriety is like a ‘period of grief’

Model Adwoa Aboah says the loneliness associated with sobriety is almost like a “grief phase” but she feels she is no longer afraid of being alone.

The 30-year-old, who has been sober for nearly eight years, previously said that being open about her past struggles with alcohol, drugs and depression is an important part of who she is.

Speaking on the Reign With Josh Smith podcast for World Mental Health Day on Monday, Aboah reflected on the challenges that come with her sanity and how she feels “lucky” to be motivated. to confront parts of yourself.


Adwoa Aboah (Ian West / PA)

“I don’t think people talk about it (loneliness) enough when it comes to sobriety,” she said. Like fantasy, you know, it’s almost like a grieving period.

“You mourn the people you can’t hang out with. Situations you cannot participate in. It’s just endless, you know?

“There are things that you can no longer relate to because you are so far away from them. Or just mentally and chemically, you’re not there. A bit lonely sometimes.

“But I think when I was young, my loneliness was an isolation. It is not a healthy thing. It’s what keeps me from calling for help, it’s also what keeps me huddled in the dark and can’t see any better.

“Now I’m not afraid of being alone.”

Aboah, who has modeled for Vogue, Calvin Klein and Fendi, went on to found the online platform Gurls Talk to empower young women and give them space to discuss sexual, mental health and wellness. and body image.

She revealed that she feels easier now because it’s “second nature”, and she knows how to have a good time without being affected.

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However, she added that it can also be harder because she can no longer “fake” in certain social situations.

“So in a sense there’s a new kind of loneliness where I know I used to push myself to be a part of everything and now I just know I’m not capable of being one. part of it, that’s really okay,” she added.

The model has previously discussed how she went to rehab on several occasions, and now she feels “lucky” to have been given the opportunity to do things differently.

She said: “I was lucky enough to get treatment, so I met a lot of crazy people there who went through all sorts of different things. It pushes it away from you when you’re forced to really confront yourself. I’m actually quite lucky, so many sane people say.

“I think I’m pretty lucky that I’ve been pushed to deal with it now. Driven to remove any judgment I have of others. Forced to rip myself apart and put it all back together so I could see things a little differently.

“Although it’s pretty lousy, I’m pretty lucky, to be honest, that I’ve been given this opportunity to do things differently and see situations in a more empathetic way, really. “

You can listen to the full interview on Reign With Josh Smith, available on all major streaming platforms. Adwoa Aboah says the loneliness associated with sobriety is like a ‘period of grief’

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